Easy Slow-Cooker Black-eyed Peas Recipe With Ham Is a New Year's Tradition by 30Seconds Food

Easy Slow-Cooker Black-eyed Peas Recipe With Ham Is a New Year's Tradition

For many people, eating black-eyed peas is a New Year's tradition. Southerners don't just eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, they eat them year 'round. This easy black-eyed peas recipe with ham cooks in a slow cooker, so it's ready and waiting when the dinner hour approaches. 

This easy slow-cooker black-eyed peas recipe requires only seven simple ingredients: black-eyed peas, ham, onion, celery, garlic, seasoned salt and water. The hot sauce is optional. This gluten-free southern recipe is in the slow cooker in no time. 

Serve these slow-cooked black-eyed peas as a meal for lunch or dinner, or as a side dish with your favorite protein. It's said if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, you'll be lucky in the coming year. We hope that's true for you!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 6 to 24 hours to soak peas
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 14 to 32 hours

Servings: 8


  • 1 bag (16 ounces) dried black-eyed peas, rinsed, picked over and soaked according to package directions
  • 1 smoked ham hock or 1 - 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • The hot sauce is optional, but so tasty in this recipe.
  • Feel free to throw in some finely shredded collard, mustard or turnip greens, if you like.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave. 

Here's how to make it:

  1. Drain the soaked peas. Pour them into a slow cooker.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for about 8 hours or until black-eyed peas are tender. If using a ham hock, remove the meat and add it to the peas, discarding the bone. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 260

Total Fat: 3.5g

Saturated Fat: 0.6g

Cholesterol: 11mg

Total Carbohydrate: 45.1g

Dietary Fiber: 8.3g

Total Sugars: 1.2g

Protein: 16.3g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 136mg

Iron: 4mg

Potassium: 645mg

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Donna John
Love black-eyed peas! I like to throw some finely shredded collard, mustard or turnip greens in them, too.
This looks really good. 😋
Elisa Schmitz
I'm one of those people who typically only eat black-eyed peas on New Year's, so I can see now that I need to change that, LOL! Thanks for the yummy recipe.
Well, New Year is right around the corner and these will be on the menu. I think that Im going to try Donna's add in of collard greens. Happy new year to all!
Elisa Schmitz
Awesome! We hope you enjoy this easy, delicious recipe, and that it brings you luck. Happy New Year, Tex !

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